We will always be fans of art prints here at Hunker. They are timeless and easy and offer a wonderful way to show off your unique sense of style. That said, there are times we also love to push the envelope when it comes to wall decor, and the bedroom is a great place to take a few interior design risks. After all, sleeping quarters won't be seen frequently by guests, unlike the living room or kitchen, which makes it the perfect place for your distinctive personality to really shine.
So, let us voyage beyond the boundaries of standard framed artwork and look at some creative bedroom decorating ideas. From trendy fiber wall hangings to vintage finds to sculptural objects, we have no doubt that the following 25 wall decor ideas will look great above your headboard and spark some serious inspiration.
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25 Bedroom Wall Decor Ideas
1. Hang an area rug.
This bedroom wall decor idea is a bit outside the box, but we are so here for it — a hung area rug. It's a modern twist on traditional tapestries (rugs have a lot more heft), yet it will still add warmth and texture, not to mention that if you live in an earthquake-prone area, you can rest easy hanging it behind the bed. The team over at Leclair Decor shows us how it's done by hanging a large area rug behind the upholstered headboard in this dreamy en suite.
2. Introduce a textured sculpture.
Midcentury designers sure knew what they were doing back in the day, frequently turning to stunning metal sculptures to fill their walls instead of traditional artwork. The brutalist-inspired piece displayed in a bedroom design by Studio Surface juxtaposes beautifully with pink patterned wallpaper.
Get the look: West Elm Textured Arch Papier-Mache Dimensional Wall Art, $349
3. Collect vintage oil paintings.
What's better than one vintage oil painting as wall art? A whole gallery wall full of them, of course. After you've scored a few gems from local thrift shops, flea markets, and antique stores, arrange them above your headboard. Major bonus points if you tie the paintings together with similar color schemes and scenery.
4. Opt for a simple mirror.
Sometimes, all it takes is a classic mirror to complete a room. A round mirror, in particular, can be placed above a dresser or headboard for a nice, clean look.
Get the look: Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror, $60
5. Punctuate the room with an abstract painting.
If your bedroom leans more modern, an abstract painting will look just right. For example, in this moody space belonging to Miranda Schroeder, a black and white piece of art is matched up with ebony wall paint, resulting in a chic and edgy refuge. The brass sconces and multicolored area rug flaunting shades of red, pink, and blue are the perfect finishing touches.
Get the look: Abstract Ink Brush Framed Wall Art by Minted for West Elm, $394
6. Go boho with a woven wall hanging.
It doesn't look like the macrame trend is going away soon, and we're not mad about it. Whether it's displayed in a bohemian bedroom or one that's decidedly minimalist, the woven medium lends a handmade textural quality that always looks good. For example, the woven artwork spotted in this bright and airy refuge by Kresswell Interiors makes for a unique piece of wall decor and feels right at home displayed above the bed.
Get the look: Mkono Macrame Wall Hanging, $25.99
7. Say hello to wall paneling.
Remember that you don't always have to use art to dress up the walls in your bedroom. One way to add visual interest is with wood paneling. From shiplap to board and batten to slat walls, there is a variety of different ways to bring the idea into your personal space. And you don't even need to cover the entire wall, as proven by this cozy-meets-modern setup belonging to Malcolm Simmons, showcased on Emily Henderson.
8. Showcase a beloved tapestry.
To fill up the majority of the wall behind your headboard, consider a cool tapestry. In this small bedroom styled by Marlene of Idle Hands Awake, the piece looks stunning against a navy blue backdrop.
9. Welcome a wreath made of dried florals.
For a look that's bohemian or even farmhouse, dried florals and grasses will always be a good choice, especially when they're displayed as a wreath in a color scheme that matches your room. But don't take our word for it. Check out the lovely wreath hanging above the bed in this sanctuary crafted by Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling.
Get the look: Wreath Visions By Tori Pampas Grass Wreath, starting at $49.99
10. Add some pizazz with feathers.
A feathered juju hat (or any piece of wall decor that involves feathers) is not only completely unexpected but it looks downright glamorous as well. And, as evidenced by this boho scene from Livette's Wallpaper, the bedroom idea looks particularly amazing when it's paired with wood paneling for a backdrop.
Get the look: The Holiday Aisle Faux Feather 19-Inch Wreath, $83.99
11. Find the perfect vintage piece.
When it comes to interior design schemes, vintage pieces will always add a little something extra, and rattan wall hangings are no exception. Cruise flea markets and Facebook Marketplace for that special find à la the intricately woven gem that Kelly of Studio DIY scored for this bedroom.
Ideas You Can Easily DIY
12. Keep it natural with a wooden wall hanging.
In a bedroom, you can go big or go home when it comes to artwork, and since you might not want to clutter your walls with too many decorative accents, one giant wall hanging will likely do the trick. In this design by Emily Henderson, a sizable wooden wall hanging takes up residence on one of the walls, and the end result looks amazing.
Get the look: Uma Home Decor Wood Bohemian Wall Decor, $48
13. DIY a massive mural.
Get out the painter's tape! It's time to give your blank walls a makeover, or specifically, the wall right behind the bed. Giving this previously lifeless area the artistic treatment, Cassie Bustamante instantly upped the coolness factor of this bedroom with a geometric mural. Pro tip: You can achieve a similar look with large wall decals too. Pssst: They look especially great in a kid's room.
14. Go for broke with bold wallpaper.
Whether you want to tie a palette together or juxtapose different colors, wallpaper — the bolder, the better — is the answer. The zebra print in Jessica Brigham's bedroom is certainly a head-turning design moment that adds loads of visual interest behind the headboard. Updating a rental? Try peel-and-stick wallpaper for a temporary solution.
Get the look: Wall Pops Scalamandré Safari Brown Zebra Wallpaper, $59.99
15. Frame a vacation memory.
Don't be hard on yourself if a painted mural or wallpaper is a bit beyond your DIY talents. You can still make the area above your bed look personal with a vacation photo that you framed yourself. Take note of this bedroom design styled by Anastasia of The Identité Collective.
16. Craft a plant wall.
Perhaps your bedroom isn't complete without a little greenery. In that case, you can make your very own plant wall with the help of a few dowels and some pots, a look that can be pulled off even in a small space. Mandi of Vintage Revivals shows us how it's done.
Get the look: The Sill Pothos Marble Queen, $82
17. Create a unique wall hanging.
Tackling a DIY macrame wall hanging isn't always the easiest thing to do, so instead, why not go with beads? It's an easy-to-make alternative that Jen of The Effortless Chic successfully employed in this bedroom.
Ideas to Fill Random Wall Space
18. Display woven baskets.
We've seen the baskets-as-wall-art trend for a while now, and it's still a bedroom wall decor idea that we love. To make your woven decor unique, gather vintage versions in varying patterns and arrange them in whatever way feels good to you. In this space decorated by Bre of Brepurposed, the baskets act as an effective focal point in a corner nook of an all-white room.
Get the look: World Market Seagrass Woven Disc Wall Decor, $59.99
19. Show off your hat collection.
Hats look chic when hung on the wall, especially when they're displayed as a collection in various colors, styles, and materials. And bonus: This genius bedroom wall decor idea will also save you some closet space. In this bright and airy space belonging to Paige Rangel and showcased on Glitter Guide, the eye goes straight to the stylish brims that double as art.
20. Embrace everyday objects.
If you're someone who enjoys keeping must-haves within reach — think: art supplies, shoes, sunglasses — treat them as art and devise new ways to display them on your bedroom walls. This space belonging to Emily Katz is a perfect example. Her guitars are always ready to be played at a moment's notice, and they look pretty darn cool hung up on the wall if we do say so ourselves.
21. Be subtle with a shrunken painting.
Not every bedroom needs a giant painting above the bed. Instead, go sweet and subtle with a downsized piece and hang it right next to the bed. Suzanne Kryton Designs opted for this minimalist approach in this sleeping space, allowing the verdant green accent wall to take center stage.
Get the look: Igor Televnoi Art Mini Vintage Painting, $65
22. Make a big statement with something small.
Maybe paintings and prints aren't for you. For a creative bedroom accent that literally jumps off the wall, ponder a 3D sculpture instead. The glass bubble-inspired piece witnessed in this bedroom by Mindy Gayer Design Co. also happens to be a light fixture. But best of all, it adds visual interest without being distracting or overwhelming.
23. Tell an artful story with sconces.
Nowadays, wall sconces are so cool and interesting that they really can serve as works of art. Echoing the modern art piece above the bed, the light fixture looks spot-on in this Scandinavian bedroom designed by Emily Henderson.
Get the look: Mitzi Aly Wall Sconce, $236
24. Add a simple display shelf.
For a bit of a twist, don't hang your framed wall art right on the wall. Instead, install floating shelves to display leaning artwork. All it took was one small shelf in this bedroom design by Allisa Jacobs to complete the cozy scene.
25. Hang a wall clock.
Wall clocks have a way of looking sleek and sophisticated in any room, and the bedroom is no exception. In this kids' room styled by Ashley of Bigger Than the Three of Us, it's a charming throwback detail.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Rudy Plywood Clock, $199